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UN-HABITAT: Fourth World Urban Forum Opens in China

Fourth Session of World Urban Forum opens in Nanjing

3 November 2008: The

fourth session of the World Urban Forum opened in Nanjing, China, under the

theme “Harmonious Urbanization.” During the opening ceremony, Chinese officials

noted the importance of integrated development between cities and regions, with

emphasis on energy and climate change mitigation.

UN-HABITAT Executive

Director, Anna Tibaijuka, emphasized that the current financial crisis should

not negatively impact the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, with

particular reference to the one billion slum dwellers around the world. Under

Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Sha Zukang, on behalf of UN

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, stressed that, by the year 2030, two-thirds of

the global population will live in urban areas, with one third in slums and

informal settlements.

Zukang noted that cities consume a large fraction of

energy and generate significant waste, including greenhouse gas emissions. He

emphasized that the World Urban Forum can contribute to finding solutions to

help cities consume less and mitigate and adapt to climate change. The Forum

will conclude on 6 November 2008. [UN

Secretary-General's Message] [UN-HABITAT

Press Release]